Mila Tasseva-Kurktchieva, Director
Elaine Chun, Graduate Director
Linguistics at South Carolina has an interdisciplinary focus, while providing our graduate students with a strong background in linguistics theory. Students are trained to pursue research and teach in a wide range of linguistic sub-disciplines. The program affords students the opportunity to take coursework or pursue specializations in areas such as English/French/German/Spanish linguistics, historical linguistics, linguistic anthropology, philosophy of language, phonology, psycholinguistics, second/foreign language acquisition and teaching, semantics, sociolinguistics and syntax.
The Linguistics program collaborates with departments including Anthropology; English Language and Literature; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Philosophy; Psychology; the English Programs for Internationals; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Computer Science and Engineering; and Education. We are committed to building bridges with many disciplines and to illuminating the important role of language and the study of language in all aspects of our lives.
The Program offers an M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics, as well as a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL).
The structure, morphology, and syntax of modern French.
Cross-listed course: FREN 517
Structural and descriptive linguistics applied to the German language.
Cross-listed course: GERM 515
Phonology, morphology, and syntax of modern Spanish.
Cross-listed course: SPAN 515
Topics selected by the instructor for specialized study. Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of classes title. May be repeated with different title.
The sound system and its functioning in the morphological system of French from the point of view of current phonological theory.
Cross-listed course: FREN 516
Introduction to the study of phonetics and phonology and their application to the sounds and sound systems of English and Spanish. Includes transcription practice and discussion of relevance to teaching.
Cross-listed course: SPAN 517
Introduction to mathematical mechanisms that play a prominent role in the formalization of syntactic and semantic theories, showing how they are applied to an understanding of the working parts of human language. The topics covered include: set theory, logic, English as a formal language, and languages & grammars.
Major ways in which phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, and semantics change through language history; social factors which promote innovation.
Introduction to historical Germanic linguistics including a survey of the Old Germanic languages (Old English, Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Norse, Gothic); comparative phonology, morphology, and syntax, typology of modern Germanic languages and dialects; and common Germanic in its Indo-European context.
Cross-listed course: GERM 517
Introduction to sociolinguistic issues, focusing on a single language. Course content varies and will be announced by title. May be repeated twice as topics vary.
Approaches to gender and language emphasizing the social grounding of both; how language reflects sociocultural values and is a tool for constructing different types of social organization.
Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy, GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement Leadership Experiences
Research into the parameters governing linguistic conflicts and language rights issues, involving a close examination of the nexes of language and: individual and ethnic identity, culture, dialects, bilingualism. Examination of regional, national, and international case studies, with particular attention to nationalism, language revitalization, and language planning.
Cross-listed course: POLI 542
Anthropological approach to issues of discourse, gender, and emotion. Issues under consideration include the social control, force, and forms of emotional discourse and the relationship between emotion and culture from gender-oriented perspectives.
Cross-listed course: ANTH 586
Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement Leadership Experiences
The ways people from various cultures reflect on, reinforce, and construct their social realities through narrating, which will be considered as both artistic expression and social action.
Cross-listed course: ANTH 553
Japanese language and communication in its socio-cultural context; emphasis on comparison with American English. Taught in English.
Cross-listed course: JAPA 500
Introduction to the study of variation in Modern German. Traditional German dialectology and dialect geography, language and society, multilingualism in the German-speaking countries, German in contact with other languages.
Cross-listed course: GERM 518
Description of the grammatical structures of Modern Spanish. Intensive study of the theory and practice of word formation and sentence structure of Spanish.
Cross-listed course: SPAN 516
Anthropological approach to issues of language and globalization. Linguistic consequences of globalization under consideration include communicative patterns, linguistic change, and language and political economy.
Cross-listed course: ANTH 556
Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy, GLD: Global Learning, GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement Leadership Experiences
An examination of concepts and problems such as meaning, reference, analyticity, definition, and the relation between logic and philosophy.
Cross-listed course: PHIL 517
Theories of speech perception, linguistic theories of syntax and semantics, the brain mechanisms underlying language, the development of language in children, and the role of language in thought.
Cross-listed course: PSYC 506
Survey of core areas of linguistics and extensions to closely related disciplines. Introduction to the linguistic component of human cognition. Formal description and analysis of the general properties of speech and language, the organization of language in the mind/brain, and cross-linguistic typology and universals.
An introduction to the study of linguistic meaning, including the following topics: meaning, reference, and truth; the connections among language, thought, and reality; word meaning and sentence meaning; possible worlds and modality; thematic roles; meaning and context; presupposition and implicature; speech acts; formal semantics; and cognitive semantics.
Foundations of generative morphology, focusing on morphological data collection and analysis; the structure of the lexicon; and the interfaces between morphology and phonology, semantics, and syntax.
Description, visualization, and basic statistical analysis of both discrete and continuous linguistic data from various linguistic subfields using R.
The phonetic basis of phonology; phonological structure; lexical representation; cross-linguistic survey of major types of phonological processes; emphasis on data analysis.
Physical and anatomical mechanisms for producing speech, phonetic representations and models of speech perception and prosody, acoustic characteristics of the speech signal, use of international phonetic alphabet symbols (IPA) to describe speech sounds in the world's languages, training in experimental and field methods in phonetic research.
Foundations of generative grammar, focusing on the syntax of English; universal principles of basic clause structure and derived constructions; emphasis on syntactic argumentation and cross- linguistic generalization.
The formal study of linguistic meaning, including the following topics: Fregean truth-conditional semantics; lexical decomposition; predication and modification; lambda abstraction; generalized quantification; intentional and extensional contexts; tense, aspect, and modality; propositional attitudes; and indexicality.
Cross-listed course: PHIL 719
Study of formal approaches to pragmatic phenomena such as focus, presupposition, and implicature; examination of deictic, contextual and perspectival expressions; survey of pragmatic frameworks such as Relevance Theory and Discourse Representation Theory; study of information structural properties of natural languages, including topic- comment structure, given-new contrasts, definiteness versus indefiniteness.
Cross-listed course: PHIL 717
Innovation in phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics; evidence from texts, social and regional dialects; emphasis on theories of language change.
The historical background of Modern English with attention to the major linguistic and cultural developments which distinguish English from other related languages. No prior knowledge of Old English or Middle English is required.
Cross-listed course: ENGL 781
Development of the French language from its origins to 1600.
Cross-listed course: FREN 715
Development of German in the Germanic, Old High German, Middle High German, and New High German periods. Phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and the relationship between dialects and the standard language.
Cross-listed course: GERM 516
Development of the language from its origins to the present day.
Cross-listed course: SPAN 715
Introduces basic resources of discipline and focuses on the development of linguistics in terms of dominant issues and analytical methodology with emphasis on paradigm shifts.
An examination of choices speakers in the same community make between styles, dialects, and languages; their association with social group memberships; speakers’ perceptions of interpersonal relationships.
Linguistic approaches to the history, structure, and use of African American English.
Sociolinguistic examination of the relationship between language and race, including ethnolects, identity construction, linguistic appropriation, linguistic racism, and antiracism in everyday and institutional contexts.
Types of interactive organization found within conversation and the methods and procedures used by participants to achieve order.
Cross-listed course: ANTH 756
The structural effects of contact between speakers of more than one language on the language involved. Borrowing, code-switching, convergence, language death, development of pidgins and creoles.
Social and regional variation in American English since the colonial period.
Cross-listed course: ENGL 782
The intersection between variation in phonetic/phonological form and social factors (such as a speaker’s region, age, group identity, ethnic background, sexual orientation, level of education, etc.), acoustic production of variation, effects of sociophonetic variation on speech perception, on language change, and on language acquisition.
Examines language as a social, cultural, and political matrix. Topics include ideology, gender, race, power, agency, and resistance. Students will apply linguistic theories in their own analyses of everyday speech.
Cross-listed course: ANTH 747
Examination of concepts such as meaning, reference, analyticity, and translational indeterminacy; evaluation of accounts of speech acts, the semantics of propositional attitudes, and metaphor and other pragmatic phenomena.
Cross-listed course: PHIL 718
Underlying principles of how phonological, syntactic, and lexical features are organized above the sentence level; alternative choices of these features and how they contribute to the speaker’s/writer’s goals.
Linguistic anthropological approaches that examine how ideological systems mediate social structures and Iinguistic /discursive forms and functions. Topics range from language and political economy, identity and identifications, institutions, and nation-building/nationalism.
Cross-listed course: ANTH 782
Study of current theory and research in second language acquisition and exploration of relationships between such work and classroom second language learning and teaching. Examination of research techniques used in applied linguistics.
An analysis of instructed second language acquisition (SLA). This course explores the historical development and up-to-date findings in foreign/second language research and applies that knowledge to classroom teaching methods. Students will be expected to conduct empirical investigation.
Cross-listed course: FORL 730
Survey of teaching ESOL, including theoretical principles and practical strategies for approaches, methods, techniques, and materials as they concern elementary, secondary, and postsecondary learners.
This course surveys research on the mental processes and linguistic contexts involved in reading and writing in a second language. Pedagogical implications for elementary, secondary, and postsecondary learners are discussed.
Cross-listed course: EDRD 796
Topics selected by the instructor for specialized study. May be repeated as topics vary.
Advanced exploration in syntactic theory, involving either cross-theoretical examination of specific linguistic phenomena or in-depth study of a particular theoretical model.
Special topics in historical and comparative linguistics, such as historical phonology or syntax, Indo-European linguistics, and comparative Germanic or Romance linguistics.
Current theories relevant to specialized consideration of the social functions of linguistic choices at any level of analysis; variation as a reflection of region and social group membership or interpersonal relationships.
Special topics in the acquisition of language such as first language acquisition of English or other languages, cross-linguistic effects on acquisition, or issues in acquisition theory.
Special topics in teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL), such as materials design, program design and evaluation, or teaching a particular language skill.